More SF schools to become less wasteful 

Six more schools are about to receive funding and guidance toward helping them cut back on their energy use, water consumption and waste generation, according to the San Francisco Unified School District.

Last year, seven schools received funding as part of the Green Team program, partly using the money on projects that would divert less of their waste to clogged-up landfills.

The projects included expanding a school’s composting program to include paper towels in its bathrooms, or having compost monitors teach peers what goes in what bin during a fun day event, said Nik Kaestner, the district’s director of sustainability.

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. also provides schools with free aerators to save from too much water coming out of faucets.

The seven schools to receive funding last year included McKinley Elementary, Sherman Elementary, Rosa Parks Elementary, Grattan Elementary, Longfellow Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary and Martin Luther King Middle School.

The next six schools to receive funds include Alvarado Elementary, Claire Lilienthal Elementary, Jose Ortega Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Daniel Webster Elementary and Horace Mann Middle School.

The new schools will receive a Bright Ideas Grant of $10,000 from PG&E, as well as $1,000 apiece from a district fund that is provided by the Department of Environment and Public Utilities Commission, Kaestner said.

The efforts will help save money for the cash-strapped district, he added.

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